Nothing is more humbling than to look with a strong magnifying glass at an insect so tiny that the naked eye sees only the barest speck and to discover that nevertheless it is sculpted and articulated and striped with the same care and imagination.
I’m blaming it on our month-long trip out West back in May. At least that’s what I will tell anyone that wonders why our yard is so, well, jungle-like. Over the years, I’ve kind of let plants do what they wanted to do, in violation of most standard gardening practices. There are tall Joe-Pye-Weeds in front of shorter plants, a couple of species of ferns have run amok and taken over large portions of beds, and the tree canopy has grown so much that most wildflowers are abnormally tall and leggy and therefore often fall over without adding plant supports. But, it helps keep the invasives, especially Microstegium, at bay (a little). And then there are the rabbits that like to munch on the species I truly prize (like Cardinal Flower and Rosinweed), so the garden definitely has a mind of its own in terms of species make-up and arrangement. But, it provides food and shelter for a pretty amazing array of creatures, big and small, that keep me company when I wander with my camera. The past few days, I have not had much energy for yard chores due to the heat (another reason it looks this way) but I have managed to stroll through the jungle, looking for some of our tiniest of neighbors.
Below are some of the small things we see on our meanders through the greenery…
Wow, bugs and more bugs. You must see this one. LY!!
On Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 9:17 AM Roads End Naturalist wrote:
> roadsendnaturalist posted: ” Nothing is more humbling than to look with a > strong magnifying glass at an insect so tiny that the naked eye sees only > the barest speck and to discover that nevertheless it is sculpted and > articulated and striped with the same care and imagination. ~R” >
I love all the hoppers, for sure, and the bush crickets are showing up in our yard now, too. Thanks for all these great photos. It really is the little things that make life worthwhile 🙂
I agree. I need to bring my camera over to your pollinator paradise one day and take some pics. You will have a great diversity with all your native plants (and sun!).
Any time, of course.
You’ve really outdone yourself this time and that’s saying something, after your Western jaunt! The quote at the head is so apt and the photos illustrate it perfectly.
My tiny city lot is gradually becoming a haven for pollinators and invertebrates of all sorts, so this is very inspiring. Thank you!
Thank you, Merrilee…and good luck with the pollinators on your lot. Every little bit helps!
I will never look at my yard in the same way again. Now I will have to keep a magnifier in my pocket. I do love seeing the wonderful variety of dragonflies surrounding my deck. Thank you Mike.
Thanks, Maja. Dragonflies are the best!